The Week That Was 5-4

In the continuing repudiation of the Bush era that NDN has written extensively about, Ronald Reagan’s Director of the National Security Agency, Lieutenant General William E. Odom, U.S. Army, retired, spoke out against President Bush and his failed foreign policy on last weekend’s Democratic Radio Address.

The next night, former CIA Director George Tenet went on 60 Minutes to talk about his new book At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA.  In it, he took some pretty serious swings at the administration.  He saved his harshest criticism for then National Security Advisor Condi Rice, for largely ignoring his warnings about al-Qaeda’s determination to carry out attacks in the United States. 

Also on Sunday, the Washington Post reported that over $800 million in foreign donations that were never collected and spent in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  Senator Landrieu of Louisiana wants Karen Hughes to come explain what happened to Congress.

Paul Wolfowitz remains on the hot seat at the World Bank.  He defended his actions before the bank’s Board of Directors, which is now reviewing the case and will then decide what steps, including firing him, to take.

There were immigration marches across the country this week, which while smaller than last year’s had a special focus on making sure families aren’t separated, because of a failure to pass fair Comprehensive Immigration Reform. 

In the biggest story of the week, President Bush vetoed the $124 billion Iraq Responsibility Act as expected last night and immediately gave a nationally televised 6 minute speech in which he lashed out at Democrats in Congress for sending him a bill that he said "substitutes the opinions of politicians for the judgments of our military commanders."  He also called it a "prescription of for chaos.

And there was a politics and the internet kerfuffle this week when in an effort to migrate to an official MySpace page, Senator Barack Obama lost about 80-90% of his friends that were on his unofficial page.  And the unofficial page creator Joe Anthony felt more than a little left out.

The GOP Presidential candidates debated last night, which gave America the opportunity to see ten AARP eligible white men on a stage together.  Their views seemed outside the mainstream compared to their Democratic counterparts last week.  The only vaguely newsworthy moments were Giuliani’s trouble with the abortion question, Thompson’s trip-up on discrimination based on sexuality, Romney’s ignorance of the budget process, McCain’s guarded support for federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and the fact that three of the ten said they do not believe in evolution.

Finally, the Queen is visiting Britain’s former colonies – Virginia specifically – for the 400th Anniversary of the founding of Jamestown.